SpaceX warns of sonic boom ahead of Thursday launch

17 November, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Grady King
  • SpaceX on Thursday postponed the launch of a secretive US government payload known as Zuma

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a mystery satellite with the code-name "Zuma" has been rescheduled to liftoff at 8:00 p.m. Federal contractor Northrop Grumman arranged the launch with SpaceX on behalf of the government, presumably to help preserve the restricted nature of the mission. Meet Zuma, the USA government's mystery satellite and the latest player in a global race to protect national security in space.

Since earning certification from the Air Force to launch national security payloads-typically spy satellites and military communications satellites-SpaceX has flown two military missions. Although the public has many questions about the payload-codenamed "Zuma"-those working on the mission have supplied limited information". The payload was developed by Northrup Grumman, and has the mysterious name "Zuma", which sounds similar to a carbonated, alcoholic beverage briefly popular in the 1990s, Zima. "Teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch".

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Zuma satellite mission patch.

Launch Window: 10 p.m. Weather conditions appear to be near ideal for a launch Thursday.

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The launch window at pad 39A opens at 8.m. EST.

The launch will be streamed live by the private space delivery company, and the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage is due to land back down at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It's likely SpaceX's live video feed above could cut away during the actual payload separation phase given the sensitivity, but we'll still get to see live footage of the launch and the landing attempt for the Falcon 9 first stage, at least.

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